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17 SATs Stress-busters

Simon Benn from Jack Cherry Ltd suggests there are essentially three ways to improve your pupils’ SATs results

  1. Improve their ability – the one everyone concentrates on with practice tests etc.
  2. Increase their confidence – the one that the majority of teachers work on.
  3. Improve your own mindset, resilience, confidence etc. – the one most teachers neglect despite its critical importance. Because pupils are like sponges, they suck up all the stuff going on around them. They copy how you are and what you do, not what you say. They have internal lie detectors so they know if you’re stressed even if you say you aren’t.

There’s a physical as well as an emotional and mental side to stress. Set yourself up for success by staying calm, focused and relaxed through the  physical stress-busters that appeal to you from this list:

  1. Go for a run, for a swim or just dance around your kitchen in-between marking!
  2. Enjoy a treat to keep you going through SATs, you deserve it.
  3. How much caffeine do you drink? We know it’s appealing but too much after lunch could stop you sleeping.
  4. Stay hydrated. Use a water bottle to keep track of what you’re drinking. Aim for 2 litres a day.
  5. A 10 minute brisk walk can help clear the head and boost endorphins – could you fit this into your day?
  6. To relax instantly, breathe in for 7 and out for 11, the longer outbreath puts your body into rest mode.
  7. Break times are short but try to stop and enjoy your food. If will help you digest and relax.
  8. Find a colleague who deserves a hug – hugging releases feel good hormones, we need them right now!
  9. What are you dancing to? Music helps us to relax and de-stress, it lowers heart rate and BP.
  10. Eat a banana for snack time and potatoes for lunch! Potassium lowers BP and relaxes you.
  11. Take your own advice! We tell pupils to do their best and relax but often berate ourselves.
  12. How are you making your classroom relaxed and fun? Helping kids de-stress will help you too!
  13. Don’t forget to laugh! Laughing releases happy hormones so when all else fails – find the funny side!
  14. Did you know stretching releases dopamine? Stand up, lift your arms above your head and de-stress.
  15. The news can be very negative, especially towards education. If it is stressing you out, turn it off.
  16. Do you have a pet? Stroking an animal is calming. If you haven’t got one, borrow one (but ask first, lol).
  17. Are you making time for a bubble bath tonight? If not, why not? You deserve it!

Find out more about Jack Cherry’s Remarkable Recipe for SATs Success

 

Canals and Websites

Wordpress in Schools

Last week, I was working at a school in the lovely town of Bradford on Avon. The canalside location reminded me of the time we passed through the town by boat on our way to the picturesque city of Bath. I discussed with the Head of Computing how her newly trained digital leaders could share their wonderful material with parents. A similar conversation came about when I was working with the ICT lead at a school in Bromsgrove, updating their Online Safety Polices. She needed to get her class pages published, but their website just wasn’t making life easy. It was simply too difficult to publish content and even uploading a photo of class work took ages. Surely there must be a simpler and easier way that doesn’t cost the earth? There is, it’s called WordPress and I would strongly recommend you take a look at it. It gives you the flexibility to do things that you cannot do on your main school website, though you can still link to and from it. It should come as no surprise that our own sites are built on WordPress, as indeed is that of the Worcester-Birmingham and Droitwich Canals Society for which we volunteer. Small world!

Some ideas for a WordPress site

  1. For class teacher and pupils to have their own class pages and blogs and to use these to celebrate their work.
  2. To create a dedicated online safety site for your parents and community.
  3. A vehicle for your digital leaders to publish and promote their work to others.
  4. For teachers to roll out special projects and generate an audience such as a specialist subject area or project like a school trip.
  5. To create a dedicated sub-site of your main school page such as the nursery, library, forest school, governors site or SEND.
  6. To create a dedicated fund raising site.
  7. For a professional educator or professional learning blog.
  8. A place for digital e-portfolios for pupils.
  • WordPress is very easy to use but at the same time it is a powerful online publishing tool.
  • WordPress sites are easy to update. If you can create a Word document, you can publish a new article to your WordPress website.
  • Once it is set up, you can update it anytime you want, and that is important for engagement with your visitors and for the search engines.
  • It provides 1000’s of customisable designs or themes.
  • WordPress sites work great in tablets or smart phones.
  • Plugins allow you to extend the functionality of your WordPress site that help you add all kinds of functionality to your sites, like social media sharing, SEO, photo slideshows and more.
  • Your site can be edited and updated by multiple users including (if required) staff, governors and pupils.
  • It is a lot cheaper and easier to use than a VLE!
  • You can connect it to your Social Media feed such as Twitter.

There is an opportunity for your school to have its own WordPress site for a special inclusive rate of just £50 per year. This rate includes your own fully customisable WordPress site with its own subdomain. If required, additional support and design services are available on a pro rata basis.

Contact us to find out more.

Sexting information

CEOP have released the following information in response to news coverage about live streaming and young people.

You may have seen news coverage in the last few days about the increased threat of sexual offending via Live streaming apps. As well as directing you to our new resources on Live Streaming #LiveSkills that can be used to educate children, young people, parents and carers about Live streaming, it was important that we address the behaviour of sharing images and videos of sexual abuse.

This week, CEOP received an unprecedented number of reports about a sexual abuse video, involving two children, which has gone ‘viral’. We hope you understand that for the purposes of the ongoing safeguarding for the children involved, we are unable to release specifics about the content in the video, however we can inform you that the children are safe and that a man has been arrested and charged with several offences in connection with this incident.

The advice from police in relation to this video is that if children and young people receive it on any social media platform, they should delete it immediately and tell a trusted adult – a teacher or parent for example.

It is really important that they understand that if they show this video to someone else or forward it on to other people, they could be committing a crime and we want to stop that happening. The police have been clear that they do not want to criminalise children and that children won’t be in trouble if they’ve made a genuine mistake.

For professionals and parents finding out that images and videos of abuse are being circulated by young people and adults on social media, it can be a stressful time and difficult to know what course of action to take immediately. Here are some clear steps to take and important things to remember.

  1. Please never share a video or image depicting any kind of abuse involving children
  2. Each time a video or image of abuse is shared it re-victimises the child and increases the likelihood of blackmail, feelings of self-blame and powerlessness
  3. Report it to the platform it has been shared on e.g YouTube, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc
  4. Report it to CEOP if it is an image or video of sexual abuse involving a child with a link to where the video or image is hosted e.g YouTube, Facebook.
  5. If it’s not on a public platform and in only exists on a device ie. Phone, tablet. Once reported, with authorisation of CEOP or the Police, delete it from the device it has been sent to (if offender usernames are visible make note of them)
  6. Encourage other people to report if it is being shared publicly

If you work in a school or college and are concerned about what to do with peer to peer sharing of sexual images or videos you can refer to the ‘Sexting in schools and colleges guidance’

If a parent or carer is worried about a child seeing inappropriate things online Thinkuknow/parents has more information.
Sexting in schools

Online Safety Assessment

Our new digital safeguarding tool allows teachers to Assess, Educate and Track improvement in their pupils’ knowledge of online dangers.
Risk Assessment
The platform empowers young people with the skills they need to stay safe online. Along with the assessment tool and learning resources for pupils, there is a library of videos to up-skill and raise awareness for teachers. The aim is to provide a whole school approach to online safety.

Assess-Educate-Track allows you to schedule online safety assessments at the press of a button. View, print and share reports with ease. Support learning with unique video content and manage everything quickly and easily through a simple, intuitive dashboard.

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Online Safety Toolkit

A complete training and support package for your school.

The toolkit provides complete coverage including school online safety policies, curriculum training, risk assessment, digital literacy, lessons and presentations.

This includes information published in the DFE’s statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘.

Risk Assessment
Our digital safeguarding tool allows teachers to Assess, Educate and Track improvement in their pupils’ knowledge of online dangers.

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Malvern Festival of Innovation

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Children build their own robots at Malvern Festival of Innovation

  • Children from across the Midlands built their own robots at this year’s Malvern Festival of Innovation
  • Groups of children from ten different schools were given the chance to build their own programmable robots at a series of workshops held on Tuesday 3rd October at the Three Counties Showground
  • As well as building the robots (which will be donated to the schools), pupils were shown how to programme them and carry out a series of challenges such as following a route through an obstacle course.
  • The robot building workshop was organised and run by Educational Technology guru Brett Laniosh from Bromsgrove based Catshill Learning Partnerships. The robots were sponsored by global IT company CGI group
  • Building a robot is a creative process involving problem solving that promotes independent learning and gives children experience of real world physical computing, science, technology and mathematics
Robot building
Putting it all together

As sales of electric cars rise and government ministers have announced an £8 million fund for trials of driverless lorries, the next generation of technologists and engineers will be given an opportunity to see the tech in action and get hands on experience of robot building.

Brett said, “We wanted to introduce young people to robotics and engineering and these fun workshops will be an opportunity for 40 children from different schools to do just that. As well as developing problem solving skills, their finished robot will give the children a sense of achievement. It will also help to foster a love for science and technology. We are delighted that CGI Group has sponsored the workshops which will mean that the completed robots will be given to the schools to use in class. Who knows, perhaps one of these young robot builders will be part of a team that builds your next electric car or even a future Mars rover.”

About Catshill Learning Partnerships:

Catshill Learning Partnerships is a computing, ICT and online safety network, providing curriculum support and advice to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.

For more details, go to www.catshill.com email info@catshill.com or ring 01527 313 880

 

Ideas for Safer Internet Day

10 suggestions for the run up to Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day runs on 6th February 2018. Here are some some inspiring ideas to consider for your school.

1Set up digital leaders in order to empower your pupilsFind out how
2Review your AUPs and online safety policiesFind out how
3Run a workshop for parentsFind out how
4Carry out a survey of internet use by pupilsFind out how
5Get your digital leaders to produce an e-safety game or blogFind out how
6Create an e-safety game in ScratchFind out how
7Run an online event for all your classesFind out how
8Get your pupils to run a showcase lesson for parents Find out how
9Update your staff on the new DfE guidelinesFind out how
10Carry out a review using the 360 ESafe toolFind out how

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Scratch 3

There is a lot of excitement about the development of Scratch 3 that is being jointly developed by MIT and Google.

Scratch 3 will be written in in HTML 3 and this widely anticipated release will be watched closely following the announcement that Adobe will be dropping Flash which is a requirement for the current version of Scratch 2.

A preview of the new scratch 3 blocks

It has been confirmed that Scratch 3 will continue to use vertical programming blocks rather than the horizontal ones used by ScratchJr.

A comparison of the horizontal and vertical block layout.

The announcement of Scratch 3.0 is going to be welcomed by users who are struggling to use this brilliant and popular programming tool in schools.

The Scratch Team at MIT will be affiliating with Google for this release which will succeed Scratch 2.

There are no details of a final release date for Scratch 3 but a functioning alpha version is available at here.

More details on from https://wiki.scratch.mit.edu/wiki/Scratch_3.0

 

New – Low Cost Robot

We’ve launched our new low cost Robot kit for the BBC Micro:bit. At just £25, the robot kit is great value and includes all the parts and instructions to make your own robot. A free programming guide allows you to write programs to control your robot.

The robot is a fully programmable, expandable device with activities for all ages. Supplied with clear instructions the kit takes about an hour to build. More than just a robot, this is a maker platform with numerous sensors, input & output add-ons for off-screen computing projects.

The robot kit is available from catshill.com/robot which also contains the build instructions, programming guide and downloadable resources.

The robot is programmed using programmable blocks which will be familiar to those who use Scratch.

Digital Leaders Report

Matthew Payne, the chairman of Chantry School Digital Leaders has sent us an update of their activities. If you do not yet have Digital Leaders, find out more here.

In early February Myself, Ms Dowding and The Digital Leaders of The Chantry School embarked on a journey to a college in Birmingham to attend a Digital Leaders workshop and conference. It gave us the opportunity to share our practices and learn about how other groups work. I presented Trello, which is our collaboration and organisational tool, that other schools found useful to know of.

Secondary, Middle and Primary schools working at the Digital Leader conference

 Safer Internet Day 2017

Shortly after the Digital Leader Conference, Safer Internet Day 2017 took place. As we’ve done for two years, I took to the stage and presented assemblies to all year groups throughout the week. I shared advice for what to look out for when speaking to others online and an unfortunate story of a local teenager who took his own life after receiving online bullying for many years even after moving schools two times. The Digital Leaders and I sincerely hope that our message of: “Is it true, is it kind and is it necessary?” will play a larger part in the pupil’s social media activity.

So as I’m sure you can appreciate, the Digital Leaders have been up to a lot to help make the school more digitally safe! The group is now working hard on getting our messages and knowledge across to parents directly with our Parental Involvement Program. We are now actively working with parents at school events and through our newsletter column and other platforms to help parents understand what their children are doing online.

Matthew Payne, Chairman of The Digital Leaders, Year 10, Chantry School, Worcester 

How to set up digital leaders in your school.

Internet Use Survey – Free resource

Interpreting the results of the National Pupil Internet Use Survey

The free classroom resource

Schools across the UK were invited to take part in a national survey of internet use by pupils when at home. Over 19,000 pupils took part.

A free teaching resource that uses the results from the survey which were published for Safer Internet Day 2017 has been created for schools to use. 

The resource presents a series of questions made up  into 26 slides that can be delivered in the classroom as it is or modified to suit a range of ages and abilities. It can be used to promote and stimulate online safety discussion.

Complete the form below to receive the classroom resource.

You can also download the results of the survey here.

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Computing with Scratch

Hands on training using the brilliant free programming tool.

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A short high impact course for teachers

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Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

When it comes to computing apps, Scratch always comes at the top of any popularity poll and for good reason – the award winning programming tool makes it really easy to code, it promotes creativity and it is completely free! That is why both children and adults love using it.

If you or your staff would like to familiarise yourself with, or get to know more about Scratch and learn some great tips for using this brilliant free tool in school, this course is for you.

  • A cost effective way of implementing programming.
  • Uses fun, exciting and free software that encourages high level thinking and creativity.
  • Can be used with year 3 to year 9.
  • Covers the interface, sprites, command blocks and everything you need to know.
  • Linked to the computing programme of study.
  • This practical course assumes no prior knowledge.
“Super ideas and resources to take straight back to school and staff. Thank you.” Victoria Ward, The Oval School, Yardley.  “Really useful course if you are new to the subject.” Richard Martin, Abbey Park Middle School, Pershore. “Brett delivers an informative and intriguing introduction to Scratch. Providing a hands on course, teaching staff will get a real feel for the flexibility of the program whilst being made aware of the national curriculum elements that it covers.” Thomas Smith, Westacre Middle School, Droitwich.

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience
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360 Online Safety Course

Preparing for the 360safe E-Safety review

We can deliver this course at your school  – Complete the form below

A short high impact course for teachers

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Senior leaders/Safeguarding lead/Computing/ICT lead – Secondary or Primary Phase

Help with completing the 360safe online safety review in order to ensure that online safety is embedded across your school. The 360 self review tool is free to use and it is worth carrying out your own review even if you decide not to apply for the Online Safety Mark for which there is a charge.

As well as explaining the process, the presenter will outline the issues that schools have when completing the review or going for accreditation. During the afternoon you will work on your own review, so attending could be a valuable time saver.

The course will explain the elements, strands and aspects of the tool – Policy and Leadership; Infrastructure; Education; Standards and Inspection

It will cover the key areas required and help you to complete the 360safe online safety review and/or get ready for assessment.

  • A process for identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing practice
  • Responsibilities and relevant stakeholders
  • Help in identifying your existing levels
  • Guidance and best practice
  • Templates and updates using best practices
  • An action plan for your school

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
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Build a robot Course

Build a robot to use with the BBC Micro:bit.

We can deliver this course at your school  – Complete the form below for details

A short high impact course for teachers

Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

You will build a BBC Micro:bit robot that is yours to keep. Once built you will be shown how to program your robot using programming blocks just like Scratch.  This course demystifies the tech and is suitable for everyone.

  • A great way to introduce robotics
  • Step by step instructions to built your robot
  • Fun, hands on training for staff that you can use in the classroom
  • We will show you how to write programs to control your robot
  • The robot is yours to keep at the end of the course!

A fantastic way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs for your robot using the block editor
  • You can purchase additional robots for just £25 each
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
  • You will need to bring your BBC Micro:bit and 4 AA batteries with you. Get in touch if you need to borrow a Micro:bit on the day.

“I found the building of the robot challenging, but also satisfying to see it fully in action. This was useful in terms of ideas for  differentiation.” Cecilia Rooms, Whiteheath Education Centre “Very useful to encourage the development of coding by using a physical component.” Neil Hartley, Edgbaston High School  “Thank you – I can see how this would be excellent for all of our children from Y5 to Y8.”  Kate Brown, St Bede’s Catholic Middle School MAC

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £69 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
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Pupils online: advice for schools

We know that children are using a wide range of technology to get online at home, including games consoles, tablets and even their parents’ smartphones. This has led to a number of concerns, the main one being the issue of safeguarding and digital security. With the huge variety of potential access points to the internet, how can schools educate their pupils for all eventualities?

At Catshill Learning Partnerships, we’ve been running online safety lessons in schools for a number of years. At the beginning of these sessions, we always ask the pupils what devices they have used or had access to at home. The responses to this are always fascinating; children from as early as reception are already using a vast range of technology. We have carried out a National Pupil Internet Use Survey in order to examine how children access online content in more detail. Find out more at catshill.com/survey19k

 Unchartered territory

The main problem with technology is that both schools and parents are not necessarily familiar with the ways in which their pupils and children are accessing online content. For example, games consoles can now be used to communicate with other players around the world, and also access platforms such as YouTube and even Facebook.

The Pupil Internet Use Survey showed that 50% of 4/5 year olds say that they use their mum and dad’s smartphones. In fact, young pupils tend to be quite adept at using these types of technology, and will often help struggling parents or grandparents to get to grips with their devices. It is therefore important to instil good cyber security practices into pupils at an early age.

While filtering and restriction systems can help limit the content that children can access on their devices, if that device is taken to a friend’s house, the same controls may not apply, so understanding exactly what can be accessed and how is essential for parents. We are encouraging teachers to ask questions about such issues to both students and parents, to ensure that these considerations are taken into account.

Addressing the issue

The main thing is to make sure that what children are doing with the technology is done safely so that they’re not putting themselves in danger by going to a site that’s not suitable, and when they are online that they are behaving in an appropriate way. The most important thing to check is that they are not sharing personal information publicly or with strangers online without considering what they are doing.

Children often won’t see the harm in posting content about themselves, especially if their parents are doing the same thing. Part of the problem is that not everyone understands the privacy settings on platforms like Facebook, meaning that their content is available publicly for the world to see. Parents need to lead by example and take the time to consider their own social media activity. Staying safe online is an important life skill for everyone.

It should be remembered that there are many new social apps beyond the big players like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, such as Yik Yak and Oovoo. It can be difficult to keep on top of all this, so schools can help by running regular sessions for both their staff and parents to ensure that everyone has the latest information and that they understand what’s out there.

Voice of the children

Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to online safety, whether that’s parents, teachers or pupils. I am keen for schools to set up Digital Leader programmes, where groups of pupils are able to pass on messages about safety and cyber security in a voice that other young people are more likely to resonate with. There’s also the opportunity for students to help in writing the school’s online safety guide, as they will often have more insight into the newer trends online for people their age, and consequently, become your most valuable resource in this process. For example, the Digital Leaders we helped to set up at the Chantry School in Worcester present assemblies to year groups and share advice for what to look out for when speaking to others online. They also work hard to get messages and knowledge across to parents directly with a Parental Involvement Program. Find out more at catshill.com/chantry Similarly the Digital Leaders we set up for Westacre Middle School in Droitwich are running showcase lessons for parents to show them the range of cloud technology they use in school and at home. Find out more at catshill.com/showcase_lessons

We need to take a step back and evaluate the risks, so that everyone understands the multitude of possibilities online and how they can be managed effectively and safely.

BBC Micro:bit course

Make the most of your free BBC computers and find out what they can do…

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A short high impact course for teachers

bbc-microbitThe Micro:bit is designed to encourage children to get actively involved in writing software for computers and building new things, rather than being consumers of media. A million devices have been given to every year 7 pupil in the UK.  This course demystifies the tech and explains how to make the most of your devices.

  • Don’t let your free BBC Micro:bits end up in dusty cupboards
  • Fun, hands on training for staff
  • We will show you how to write programs and ensure that you are familiar with the hardware
Ideal for
Head of Computing ICT/Computing teachers – Secondary or Primary Phase

A fantastic way to make best use of this importance device. 

  • All you need to know about the hardware and how to program it
  • You will learn how to write programs using the block editor, touch develop and python
  • How to connect to other devices such as an LED and headphones
  • No coding or technical experience needed – this course is suitable for everyone
“Good to discuss with other teachers.” Chris Howard, Abbey Park Middle School “I found the hands on coding really useful and I am looking forward to teaching some of this to our current year 7’s.” Richard Martin, Abbey Park Middle School “The course is a very useful introduction to the hardware and coding activities that can be carried out with the BBC micro:bit. It gives you the opportunity to try some hands on activities with the micro:bit.” Cheryl Jarvis, Catshill Middle School “Good short introduction – great overview of functionality and applications available. Brett is very engaging and maintains a good pace throughout.” Carolyn Aynsworth, Malvern St James Girls’ School

High impact courses for teachers covering a range of themes including school improvement and higher level thinking, technology and computing, safeguarding and online safety.

  • Cost effective – just £49 per delegate (£29 for additional delegates from same school)
  • Minimum disruption – High Impact courses run from 1pm to 3pm
  • Conveniently located course venues with refreshments included
  • Delivered by experienced learning practitioners and professionals with years of educational experience
 
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Children online – 19,000 surveyed

Pupils online: National survey of 19,000 UK pupils reveals new trends in children’s internet use

The the survey results can be downloaded below and a free teaching resource is available here.

  • The results of a national pupil survey on internet use have been released, taking data from over 60 schools and 19,000 pupils
  • Primary-aged pupils are most frequently using tablets and smartphones to access the internet
  • With greater access to the internet, concerns have been raised around the content that is accessible by young children, and how this can be combated effectively

Catshill Learning Partnerships, along with education technology association, Naace, have announced the results from a national survey of pupils’ internet use at home.

The survey, which involved over 60 schools and over 19,000 pupils from across the UK, asked questions about the devices young people are using to get online. As expected, the results show that children of all ages are using a wide range of devices, but the figures for very young children surprisingly revealed that over 60 per cent of four to five-year-olds are using tablets to get online. The tablet is the online device of choice for primary children, but for secondary school-aged children, the smartphone is the most popular choice.

Key figures from the study show that:

  • Nearly half of four to seven-year-old children surveyed say they are using a smartphone to get online
  • 66 per cent of Year 7 pupils and 89 per cent of Year 10 pupils use a smartphone, which is the most popular method of accessing the internet
  • Over half of six-year-olds use a laptop to get online
  • Games consoles are used mostly by 10 and 11-year-olds with three main platforms (Xbox, Playstation and Wii) being popular
  • A wide range of other connected devices were being used at home. The most popular devices in the ‘Internet of Things’ category were other consoles such as the Nintendo DS, heating controls, smart meters and portable media devices. Smart fridges and kettles were mentioned but less common.

Edtech and online safety consultant, Brett Laniosh, from Catshill Learning Partnerships said, “We now know that children are using a wide range of technology to get online at home, but the findings for younger children will surprise many. The fact that so many four and five-year-olds are using smartphones and tablets to access what could be unfiltered content is of concern and one that is echoed by the Children’s Commissioners report “Growing up Digital” released earlier this month.

“We would encourage schools to find out what devices their pupils are using at home and then compare their results with the national average.” Brett added, “I would also encourage schools to heed the advice of the Children’s Commissioner and establish Digital Leaders in school to get young people involved with the delivery of online safety education. For parents, it is vital to speak with your children to find out what hardware they have access to and which ones are being used to access online content. The discussion should also cover whether they are being used appropriately, for example protecting personal privacy and spending an appropriate amount of time using them.”

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About Catshill Learning Partnerships:

Catshill Learning Partnerships is an independent computing, ICT and e-safety consultant network, providing curriculum support to schools. Established in 2011, its school-based services also include professional development and educational technology advice.

Catshill Learning Partnerships are Naace Delivery Partners. A national network of trusted educational organisations who work together to provide quality support services for schools.

For more details, please email info@catshill.com or ring 01527 313 880

 

About Naace:

Naace is the national association for everyone promoting learning with technology in a connected world.  Naace is the professional association for those concerned with advancing education by capitalising on the opportunities of the connected world and technology. This involves advancing pedagogy and ensuring that strong computing knowledge and skills are spread to all pupils and all teachers. The Naace community provides support and professional development opportunities for teachers and school leaders.  Our membership also includes advisers, consultants and industry partners.  Naace administers the ICT Mark and the Self-review Framework and has developed the Third Millennium Learning award to enable schools to share their insights on how to take education to the next level.

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